Farm to school represents a convergence of the other key focal areas of local procurement, infrastructure, and food access. We've chosen to let it stand on its own, however, because it may represent the single biggest opportunity to impact these areas while also addressing one of the most pressing challenges: that 24 percent of our children our classified as food insecure.
Considering the access we have to abundant agricultural resources in the county, and the potential to collaborate with active health foundations and county-wide education initiatives like Horizon Education Alliance, implementing a successful farm to school initiative is a question of how, not if.
From the National Farm to School Network:
- Procurement: Local foods are purchased, promoted and served in the cafeteria or as a snack or taste-test;
- Education: Students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health or nutrition; and
- School gardens: Students engage in hands-on learning through gardening.